Recording sex scenes during the COVID outbreak can be tricky. This is how they deal with it in the UK.
In response to the coronavirus, Directors have UK, the organization that rules 7, 500 film directors, has introduced new rules and regulations for the recording of sex scenes. The headline reads: “The director, writer and producer should review the script together and agree on the physical interactions that need to take place between the cast and decide if substitutions can be made. Does a physical act have to be shown? Can intimacy be delayed when working in a series format? "
Obviously, this is an interesting solution – the general theory is "HAVE to show it?"
The document suggests that "building an intimate scene can sometimes be more exciting than the scene itself" and that "emotional intimacy can be as engaging as physical intimacy".
I went to Catholic school for 12 years and that sounds pretty lame to me.
Still, it worked in classic Hollywood. The document goes on to say: "You can even find inspiration by watching classic films such as It happened one night (1934) or Casablanca (1943) – some of the greatest fiction novels ever made, all made under the Hays Code, which banned sex from being shown on screen. Think about the tools classic works offer for contemporary storytelling. "
Fine. You don't want people to touch, I see.
Of course, you can get away with furtive glances on the PG-13 tariff, but some TV shows thrive on such scenes or need them for history.
So what can you do?
A fun idea is that they use the actors' real world partners as proxy for the love scenes. Of course, this only works if they physically match the person they're supposed to be making love with on screen, but it could be fun creating a new project where you're trying to find physical matches.
Maybe there is actually a hidden rom-com story out there where you find someone who looks like your ex to make love on-screen.
Anyway, you have to hope that by this time next year we have a cure or a vaccine and things can get back to normal on the set.
You can read the full document here with all the other suggestions.